POLKA BAND DENIES BEING 'KINGS OF POLKA'
All three members of The
Apostils of Polka, which has released three 8-tracks on
the Truth Records label since its beginning in 1974, strongly
denied the charges of being ‘kings of polka,’
which have been made by faithful fans since 1980 following
an Apostils of Polka gig in which accordionist Otto jumped
up on the pool table while soloing to “I Saw The Light”
at the Gwinn Inn in Gwinn, MI.
"Even doe I’m flattered,
it really gets my goat dat people would say dat about us,"
said Apostils of Polka drummer Paavo Muukkonen, 58. "yeah,
our way of ruling da stage and our style may be ‘kingly’
to some degree, but we’re not kings of anyting, dere’s
only one king!
If found guilty of truly being “kings
of polka,” Apostils of Polka could face a local uprising
from area musicians, including being banned from open mic
at Hicky’s Bar in Ishpeming, MI.
"Apostils of Polka needs to stop
jumping on pool tables and start slowing it down a heck
of a lot more," said Fred Mikkola, bar manager for
the White Tail Tavern. Mikkola suggested that a few more
waltzes rather than fast paced, fever pitched polkas might
be the ticket; Mikkola also admitted he never could dance
“I look like a stooge out dere!
But I can slow dance,” he stated.
"Dey’ve gone way to far, dese gomers, it’s
not fair to does of us who can’t jump around on stage,”
agreed Buck-rub, a one-man band, whose 8-track “Do
Da Polka-motion Wit Me” can be found at rummage sales
and in pawn shops U.P. wide. “I got all I can do to
play one hand accordion, bang a garbage can wit da udder
hand, and stomp my foot on a bicycle horn while playing
kazoo wit my lips! I aint jumpin’ on no pool table
like a monkey!”
Records recording artists 'The Apostils of Polka,' which
strongly denies all allegations of being ‘kings
admittance from the band of being “kings of
polka” has ever occurred.
to The Apostils of Polka bassist Lips Perry, no admittance
from the band of being “kings of polka”
has ever occurred.
"We do recognize dat dere are bands
out dere dat rule, or have ruled, in a kingly way.
Look at Elvis, does anyone gripe about him being da
king? Or dat Jackson guy, da king of pop, holy cripe?
All we’re trying to say is dat we don’t
tink we’re da kings of anyting. But dat don’t
mean we don’t rule!”
When asked about rumors that the
Apostils of Polka was deliberately being ‘kings
of polka’ to gain free beer, Paavo blew a nut.
"How in da heck does rocking out and ruling da
stage constitute trying to get free brew? If some
babe or two or tree brings a cold one up to da stage
for us, dat’s dere doing, and I hope dey keep
Sirpa Niemi, a Negaunee resident
who saw Saturdays Apostils of Polka concert, stuck
up for the band. "Dey are da kings of polka,
but it’s not like dey’re goin’ ‘round
making people kiss dere feet n’ stuff,"
she said. "dat Paavo guy on accordion did have
me fetch him beers a lot doe."
Story by Jim Bellmore